Deiva Thirumagal Movie Review
Cast: Vikram, Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul, Nasser, Santhanam, Baby Sarah, M.S. Bhaskar
Production: M. Chinthamani and Ronnie Screwvala
Music: G.V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Vikram has done it again. He has rendered yet another extra ordinary performance in Deiva Thirumagal. Director Vijay has given us an impressive movie with lot of emotions and a subtle message. He has made use of the talented star cast with his solid story and script.
Deiva Thirumagal is a genuine film that has come amidst a hoard of meaningless masala flicks in Tamil. Vijay has chosen a sensitive subject and treated it without gimmicks. The movie touches the hearts of the viewers though it has its share of flaws.
Krishna (Vikram), a mentally challenged person is searching for Nila (Sarah), a five year old girl, who is his daughter. Ironically he himself is just five years old at heart.
He accidentally meets two lawyers Anuradha (Anushka) and Vinodh (Santhanam), who are in search of a case to kick start their profession. Anu understands his problem and tries to help him.
The flashback shows that Krishna’s living in Ooty where he was working as a helper in a chocolate factory. He gets married almost accidently and his wife dies after giving birth to a girl child. Krishna, with an IQ of a five year old boy, struggles to take care of the child but his unadulterated love helps him manage.
One day the child is snatched away from him by the rich and powerful Rajendran (Sachin Khedekar) his father-in-law and wife’s sister Shwetha (Amala Paul). They don’t want the child to grow up with a mentally challenged person. They use all their money power to retain the child.
They are challenged by Anu and Vinodh, who feel for Krishna. They go to court and file a Habeas Corpus petition to bring Nila to court. Rajendran hires the most successful and senior lawyer Bhashyam (Nasser) against the inexperienced Anu. Bhashyam uses all his experience and cunningness to prove that Krishna is not fit for being a care taker of a child. But Anu is in no mood to give up.
What happens to Krishna ad the child forms the crux of the emotional and appealing climax.
Vikram has rendered a stunning performance. This is a role where one could easily go overboard but Vikram has carefully avoided it. His realistic portrayal is credible and heartening. His body language, way of speaking, and facial expressions make us believe that we are actually seeing a child in form of a grown up man. His performance in climax makes one shed tears. Hats off Vikram.
Baby Sarah is lovely and charming. She almost matches Vikram’s performance in the court scene.
Anushka sans much make up looks fabulous. Her screen presence is amazing and her acting flawless. She has shown both kindness and sternness with equal appeal.
Santhanam has shed his double entrants and delivered a solid supportive role. He also provides comic relief with his sharp one-liners.
Amala Paul enacts the role of a girl with lot of love for the child and some confusion over the method to get the child well. Her expressive eyes help her in bringing out the emotions without dialogues.
Nassar shows his experience and class.
MS Bhaskar, Sachin Khedekar and Surekha has done their respective parts well.
AL Vijay has to be complemented for his effort to make a meaningful film surrounding love and affection. He has also driven home the point about our way of looking at mentally challenged persons. His portrayal of the bond between the mentally challenged father and daughter is quite appealing.
Anushka’s final dialogue (addressing Nasser) is unforgettable.
Music by GV Prakash Kumar adds value to the narrative. His background score is pleasant but songs are not that appealing. The melodious Vizhigalil Oru Vaanavil stands out. The picturisation of Ore Oru Oorukkulley is wonderful.
Nirav Shah’s camera writes poem on celluloid. He has captured Ooty with all its beauty. The song featuring Anushka has been shot marvelously.
Sensitive story, deft handling, top class performances, music, and cinematography.
That Vijay has totally avoided glamour shows his confidence in his subject and treatment.
Slow and predictable first half, the logical flaws, and the ‘extended’ climax.
There are many loopholes in the script. The background of Krishna has not been established. The reason behind a girl marrying Krishna too is not shown. The neighbors in Ooty seem to be quite insensitive towards the problem of Krishna. The way the father in law gets rid of Krishna is not convincing. The court scenes and the behind the scene maneuverings too are not up to the mark.
The film could have been ended in the court room itself. The following scene seems to be a bit too much to swallow.
Despite all these flaws Vijay comes out with flying colours as he has sensitively approached the subject. The way he has handled the main characters shows his maturity as a director. He has successfully extracted solid performances from his cast. He has given us a climax that leaves a deep impact in our hearts and makes us shed tears.
The movie is a must watch despite some flaws and slow narrative. Stunning performances and emotional quotient make the movie memorable.
Deiva Thirumagal: Emotionally appealing